Friday, May 11, 2018

Skyward Issue 1

Skyward #1I recently enjoyed the first issue of a new series from Image Comics by writer Joe Henderson and artist Lee Garbett. So far, it's an intriguing and brightly-colored post-apocalyptic introduction, and I'm curious to see where it will go from here.
Protagonist Willa was only a baby when the world changed, gravity suddenly lowered so that everything and everyone not tied down floats endlessly upwards. Now, she's an energetic and confident 20-year-old, and this is the only world she's ever known. Her father is a marked contrast, tied down by his fears and loss.
So far, this issue is mostly introductions to a palette of secondary characters and a chance to acclimatize to this new world and its unique challenges, with only the hints of any stronger plot to come.
The color scheme is joyful and vibrant with wide open spaces, large and dynamic panel arrangements, and, of course, lots of vivid blue sky. It's particularly fun to see Willa's hair floating wildly in various directions; it feels like a consistent detail that helps to make her a part of her world and to make that world real. It remains to be seen how compelling future issues will be, and whether they will be able to entertain as well once the bright luster of a brand-new world has worn thin, but I'm looking forward to finding out.